Wagner Named New Head Coach at Brockport

The College at Brockport Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Stephen Wagner as the new head coach of the women's lacrosse program. Wagner comes to Brockport following stints at multiple NCAA schools, with stops at Division I, II, and III programs.

"I am excited for the opportunity to coach at Brockport," said Wagner. "I have been keeping an eye on the program for the past several years and I've seen the hard-working mentality. I am excited to coach a team with that kind of work ethic."

Wagner was a former defensive coordinator for the Brockport women's team in its inaugural season in 2001. Wagner helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 10-5 record and a trip to the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament semifinals. The Brockport defense was ranked 19th nationally in goals allowed that season.

"We are pleased to have Steve (Wagner) back on the staff here at Brockport," said Director of Athletics Erick Hart. "He has a proven track record of success and I'm confident he will be able to come in and continue the success of our lacrosse program with his experience and recruiting connections to central and western New York."

From there, Wagner's career blossomed into a string of successful seasons. Following one year at Brockport, Wagner accepted a position as the top assistant at St. Bonaventure University. In the program's third season of play, Wagner helped the Bonnies reach seven wins, a school a record for victories in a season at the time.

After the 2002 season, Wagner became the head women's coach at NCAA Division II Gannon University. In his first six seasons at the helm, Wagner posted a record of 61-30 and never had a losing season. The team was nationally ranked every season under Wagner.

Wagner's success led him to an assistant coaching position at Division I University of Connecticut. Following one season for the Huskies, Wagner returned to Gannon to post a 24-12-1 record over the next two seasons. Over the course of Wagner's eight seasons at Gannon, 16 players garnered All-American honors and 23 players collected all-region awards.

Most recently, Wagner was hired to start an NCAA Division III collegiate program at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. The Eagles start collegiate play in 2013.

Wagner graduated from Nazareth College in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

2012-01-07



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